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By Joel W Martin,Jørgen Olesen,Jens T Høeg

Crustaceans—familiar to the common individual as shrimp, lobsters, crabs, krill, barnacles, and their many relatives—are simply some of the most very important and numerous teams of marine existence. Poorly understood, they're one of the such a lot quite a few invertebrates on the earth. such a lot crustaceans commence lifestyles as eggs and go through quite a few morphological stages sooner than adulthood. In Atlas of Crustacean Larvae, greater than forty five of the world's major crustacean researchers clarify and illustrate the sweetness and complexity of the numerous larval existence stages.

Revealing shapes which are similar to extraterrestrial beings from different worlds—often with weird and wonderful ameliorations for a planktonic existence or for parasitization, together with (in a few instances) bulging eyes, huge, immense spines, and aids for flotation and swimming—the ample illustrations and images express the aspect of every morphological level and make allowance for fast comparisons. the variety is straight away obvious within the illustrations: spikes that deter predators ensue on a few larvae, whereas others endure designated specializations now not visible in other places, and nonetheless others look as miniature types of the adults. Small ameliorations in anatomy are proven to be suited for the behaviors and survival mechanisms of every species.

Destined to turn into a key reference for experts and scholars and a precious e-book for someone who needs to appreciate "the invertebrate spine of marine ecosystems," Atlas of Crustacean Larvae belongs at the shelf of each critical marine biologist.

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